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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home

(Welcome to Night Vale #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  59 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.

In the town of Night Vale, theres a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyones home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told in a series of eerie
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Harper Perennial
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Amy
Sep 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Holy hell I'm stupid excited.
Kathy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic origin story, filled with clever word play, creepy moments, and unfathomable history.
Tucker

Many thanks to Heather at Harper for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

this is quite the title

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biblio_mom (Aiza)
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My life had measured Itself in moments, in days, and in months, but my best magic nothing. I, like the universe, was called, timeless and ever-expanding".

The story was told from a first-person point of view, the faceless woman herself. It follows the faceless old woman who secretly lives in people houses. She goes around Craig's life watching his every move. Then, she began telling us her own story right from when she was born. Her mother died giving birth to her and when she grew up as a kid,
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Kris (Cress)
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This felt very different from other Night Vale books right away, and more like a traditional novel involving danger, thievery, smuggling, and revenge. I kept waiting for it to feel "More Like Night Vale", all the while thoroughly enjoying the main story of The Faceless Old Woman and feeling very confused about how her past intersected with the small sections involving her current interactions with Night Vale resident Craig. By the time it all came together I was completely entranced. The end ...more
BrittsBookClub
Was I expecting a somewhat scary story about a woman who haunts the homes of people that live in Night Vale? Yes. Is that what I got? No. This story was not what I expected at all, but I still thought it was good. I wish it had a little more of a scary element to it, but thats just personal preference and Im not sure if everyone would agree.

The Story: The story was told using two different time periods. The book used present day, which told the story of the faceless old lady haunting a man named
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Diana Imparato
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erikka
I've always loved the character of the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home. She's so weird and enigmatic. While I absolutely loved this story as an adventure and a journey about revenge, I am a bit saddened that I know more about the FOWWSLIYH. I liked when she was a mystery. I enjoyed this until the last couple chapters. During the back story part of her life, it was a compelling read with some great side characters (esp Rebekah). Once it got to the end though, it was a little ...more
Laura
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mt-bookpile-2019
Craig's life has been watched over (and sometimes "improved") by the title character, who is not just faceless but nameless. She's nameless as we follow her life from pampered daughter living on her family estate on the Mediterranean coast, through a life dedicated to revenge against her father's murder(s), to her life(?) as the Faceless Old Woman. We get her life's story interspersed with her watching and helping Craig and honestly, more of the Craig interactions and less of the life stuff ...more
Sarah Anderson-Pagal
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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tightrope.to.the.sun
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was given an advanced readers copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I first heard of this novel through the Books in the Freezer Podcast when host, Stephanie, did an episode of her most anticipated horror novels of 2020. The very next day, I saw that this was available for request, so I knew I had to give it a shot.

When it arrived, I was concerned that my lack of knowledge about the Night Vale universe (I had only listened to about 10 episodes of the podcast)
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Michelle
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this novel...entertaining. It was amusing and fun and forgettable. The quality was good enough to get by, but certainly lackluster compared to the spark and originality of the podcast and the previous novels. This book hung its hat on the impact of a predictable ending. The sidekicks were one-dimensional and diligently served obvious plot functions. Disappointingly, something here didn't click. 
For me, this is the first product of the Night Vale universe that seemed franchisey - it has
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Michael Cook
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4.5/5 stars
I love Night Vale. A lot. It's one of those ideas that is eternally malleable. There's so much that can be done with these characters and the setting and novels are a really good way for the authors to push the boundaries of the world. It's what they did with the first two novels, Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and it's obviously what they're seeking to do here with their third, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. The Faceless Old Woman is the perfect
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Haley
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100% about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

Who gave Night Vale the right to combine two of my favorite things and one of my favorite characters into one singular book written by two of my favorite people??

The Lit Bitch
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a huge shot in the dark for me. I hadnt heard of the series before, and the fact that it was the third in a series so I had no idea what I was getting myself into.and its categorized as sci-fi which I usually dont read much of.

I thought the title sounded interesting and I loved the promise of a creepy old woman haunting people and the cover is quirky and eye catching, so in the end I thought..why not.

Its rare that I read a shot in the dark book, I usually try and stick within my
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Rosa
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Memory lives inside the eyelids."

Rarely do I feel so compelled by my reaction to a book that I feel the need to write a review. But here I am. I did receive an advance copy of this book, however I won it in a giveaway. No expectation of tit for tat here, just a genuine love for the experience I just had.

If you're a fan of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, you've probably often caught yourself wondering about The Faceless Old Woman. It's easy to wonder. If you've never listened to Welcome to
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I loved The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home!  I knew it was going to be a great book, and I pre-ordered it the second I heard there was going to be another Night Vale book.

I was really excited about this book in particular because we get the amazing backstory of one of my favorite Night Vale characters.  I don't want to ruin anything for people who haven't read it yet, but I loved learning more about her, and how she came to Night Vale.  I loved the reason she ended up there,
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Tatiana Dengo
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a trojan horse. You think youre getting a regular Night Vale novel like the previous two, but the bulk of this book is a detailed historical fiction memoir occasionally interrupted by brief chapters about Craig, a Night Vale resident who is being terrorized by a faceless old woman in his home.

Craig only has about five chapters in the book, and some of them are heart-breakingly terrifying; certainly not the usual haha
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Daniel Cuthbert
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a mix of Princess-Bride style adventure and first person one sided conversation towards a mysterious Craig, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, is the third entry into the Welcome To Night Vale universe. Based in the world of the popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale, two different stories converge in ways both familiar and yet still interesting in presentation.

Taking up the majority of the story, we are treated to a tale of a nameless woman who, as a young child watches
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FanFiAddict
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 7.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and authors for an advance reading copy of The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (Welcome to Night Vale #3) for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

A swashbuckling origin story sure to fill the hearts of the Night Vale audience, though may be more lackluster for those who havent followed from the beginning. An intriguing story with a worthwhile ending.

Ive been aware of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast for
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Sophie
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The latest book by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, set in the larger Night Vale universe. As the title suggests, its the story of the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, one of Night Vales most popular characters.

One of the things I love about Night Vale and which I find truly impressive is how its creators never stay in the same place. There is change and development in all the episodes, and this is even more recognizable in the books. At the same time, they dont abandon
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Delany Holcomb
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With all Night Vale stories, I did not know I needed this in my life until I picked up this book and took it for a spin, and so mote it be. "The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home" is a stand-alone novel that definitely fits perfectly into the Night Vale universe that Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have been building on since 2012. When first introduced to Craig, I had no idea what was haunting him, or why. And then, the story hit me like a crashing, cyanide-filled wave and ...more
Kelsey
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, what a weird and fun ride this book has been. Night Vale is new to me but when I was gifted this copy from Harper Perennial I started visiting the town. The podcast is alot of fun to listen to, and this book was alot of fun too. There are parts where I was laughing at this old lady who secretly lives in your house and there were times when I was so swept up in her amazing life adventures that I couldn't stop reading. This is truly the story of an old lady, from her childhood to the years ...more
Panderp
In my rage, I can be anywhere, do anything. Vengence is my path, and I must never veer from it.

I was SO PUMPED when I learned that this novel was being released. I LOVE the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home and I was so excited to learn her history and how she became a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone's home. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! This book had high stakes, long lasting grudges, piracy, multiple heists, murders, and a wonderful cast of
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Baker St Shelves
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third of the Night Vale novels focusing on the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, a character whos been reoccurring in the podcast since season 2. Shes one of my favorites on the show due to the fact she has an extremely eerie presence, yet comes across as a overbearing roommate with no sense of personal space and mostly wants to observe and help. This is her complete origin story spanning from 1792-2020. Out of the three Night Vale books, this is by far the most action ...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They say theres a fine line between humor and horror. This book tip toes right along that line, stretched above a void known as Night Vale. How did this woman come to Night Vale? What led her to her unusual disposition? Interspersed with the unforgettable second person voice of the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home, the rest of the book is equally disturbing as we follow this woman through past centuries when she still had her face. What starts out as a steady livelihood of ...more
Kristina Aziz
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Where to start? I'm going to have to bullet list this.
- the shift to a first person narrative: unexpected, but definitely not unpleasant (which is, you know, a huge Night Vale mood)
- Ace representation = mega heart eyes emoji
- the narration! The plot! Did you like Six of Crows but wish it was just a little bit better? Get this book!
- That first line gave me palpitations, let me tell you.
- Also descriptions!? Giving me serious melancholy over my lack
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Dan Seitz
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed the first two Night Vale books, even as I've drifted away from the podcast, but they had a certain arch vibe to them that interfered with the proceedings just enough to never entirely let you forget you were reading a book about a strange little town. This one, though, is something different.

As the title says, it's about the Faceless Old Woman Who Lives In Your Home, and how she got there. It's far more of a straight horror story, with some high-seas adventure, but going away from
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Elizabeth Sackett
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters
I was fortunate enough to obtain an advanced reader's edition of this through my job and I'm so happy I did. I don't know how much I'm allowed to reveal about this novel, but I adored it. Even though it dragged a little at the beginning and the end (after the initially startling trajectory of the falling action manifested, it became a little tedious), the bulk of the novel was so terrific (stylistically as well as structurally) that I can safely say it's the best of the three Night Vale novels ...more
Shelby
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best Night Vale novel so far. I have always loved Mara Wilson's Faceless Old Woman, but now I love her even more. I'm sure Wilson's performance of the audiobook is impeccable, but I bought the paper version of this book and the Faceless Old Woman's voice still comes through loud and clear. I loved getting to know her and the world of Night Vale beyond the sleepy desert town in a new way. Night Vale's characteristic empathy, philosophy, and lyricism are here - with an extra dose of ...more
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Joseph created and co-writes WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. He is a writer and editor, and the co-owner of Commonplace Books. Awhile back he moved from California to Brooklyn. Subsequently, events unfolded.

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